1.    01 Sep 2015 #1
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 7

    How do I create multiple boot-able sata SSDs?

    I am building a new PC with no internal storage. I am installing a 2.5" SATA dock in one 3.5" bay and one 3.5" SATA dock in a second 5.25" bay.

    My intention is to have one SSD for my work PC on Windows 10, one SSD for my son for his gaming on Windows 7 (some of his games are not Win 10 compatible yet), and perhaps a third SSD for playing around with Linux installs, etc.

    The 3.5" dock will have a 1TB HDD for backup.

    From what I have read, since these drives will not technically be external. (plugged into the SATA on the mainboard through the dock, and not via USB or e-sata.), that their creation and use could be problematic if I use the UEFI boot system, or secure boot for that matter.

    So.... I am looking for a methodology which I should use to setup these boot SSDs which will give me the least problems and management issues.

    A side related question. I have a boot SSD with Win 7 home premium that is eligible for Win 10 upgrade. It currently resides in my Dell Alienware x-51 R1 system, but I want to move it to the new system as the drive my son will be using.

    1. Will there be any issues in moving the drive to a new system architecture?
    2. If/when he can upgrade to Win 10, will there be any issues with that since the architecture has changed from the system of origin?
    3. Do I need to backup/reformat/restore the drive in order to get it to boot properly in the above mentioned docking bay system?
    4. Since only one drive could be used at any one time. In your opinion, do you think I need multiple Windows Licenses?

    Thank you in advance for any insights.
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  2.    01 Sep 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 1,580
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10

    you can share the drive with windows 7 and windows 10 = dual-boot > different partitions

    Moving the drive from one PC hardware to another PC hardware will cause activation and drivers issues..

    and it is possible to upgrade windows 7 to windows 10 and then re-install windows 7
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  3.    01 Sep 2015 #3
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 7

    you can share the drive with windows 7 and windows 10 = dual-boot > different partitions
    Hi. Thanks for responding.
    We don't want to use the same SSD with dual boot. We would like to have one disk for each installation.

    Is this possible as well?
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